Stereotactic radiation therapy
Radiation therapy uses high energy X-rays to damage cancer cells. This stops the cells from growing, and it also causes them to die.
Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) are very effective techniques.
They deliver a precise, focused and high dose of radiation to cancer cells - while causing as little damage as possible to the healthy cells and tissue surrounding the cancer.
The main differences between SRS and SBRT treatments and conventional treatment are:
- A higher radiation dose can be delivered to the cancer cells resulting in better cancer outcomes
- The lower radiation dose to the other body cells results in fewer side effects
- SBRT allows the treatment to be delivered in fewer sessions (usually 3-5 sessions over 1-2 weeks)
Space OAR treatment technique for prostate cancer
Space OAR is a new product in the radiation therapy field. It’s not a treatment – it’s a technique that helps our treatment to be more effective when compared with radiation therapy alone.
Under the guidance of our experienced doctors, and in close association with a urologist, our Space OAR treatment is able to move the rectum a significant distance away from the prostate.
When Space OAR is combined with our highly advanced radiation program, any side effects are significantly reduced. This means we can deliver a safe, effective treatment – without the risks of surgery.
GenesisCare has conducted Space OAR studies and our results have been published in high quality journals.
Deep Inspiration Breath Hold breast cancer - How DIBH works / What is it?
Deep Inspiration Breath Hold (DIBH) is a technique that reduces the risk of radiation contact to the heart.
For women with left-sided breast cancer, a major concern is the dose of radiation delivered to the heart could increase the risk of heart disease.
DIBH is the most efficient way to minimise this risk; however, there are other methods to reduce the radiation dose to the heart.
DIBH is a technique that requires you to hold your breath during your CT scan (measurement scan) and each daily treatment.
You need to be able to hold your breath for a short period, around 20 seconds, several times during each daily treatment.
A small plastic box is taped to your chest and a special camera and equipment monitors your breathing. This equipment will only allow the treatment machine to deliver radiation while you’re holding your breath.